Phoebe Dunbar - arrived in WA in 1853

This 704 ton ship was built at Sunderland in 1850. It was employed as a convict transport for Western Australia and left Kingstown, Ireland on June 2, 1853 bound for the Swan River Colony. She carried the eleventh of 37 shipments of male convicts destined for Western Australia. The non-stop voyage took 89 days and the Phoebe Dunbar arrived in Fremantle on August 30, 1853 with 93 passengers and 286 convicts [Erickson]. T. Michie and John W. Bowler were the captain and surgeon respectively.

There were ten deaths recorded on the convict shipping and description lists. They said eight men died at sea, one died in the harbour and one in the Convict Establishment Hospital. John Enis (2351) was the harbour death; John Carthy (2456) the hospital death; and Michael Connors(2330), Cornelius Scott (2335), David Sullivan (2391), James Normoyle (2416), Daniel Collins (2426), William McGuigan (2533), Patrick Keeffe (2545) and James Crighton (2546) died at sea. Cholera, typhus and a fractured skull were mentioned as some of the causes of death.

There were 295 convict numbers assigned for the voyage ranging from (2314 to 2608) but [Bateson] claimed that 295 convicts embarked and 285 arrived. The 8 deaths at sea and the death in the harbour do not tally with the [Bateson] arrival figure but the inclusion of the hospital death would.

Of the 93 passengers mentioned above, all 93 were pensioner guards and their families, the number being made up of 30 pensioner guards, 20 wives, 21 sons and 22 daughters.

The first death from typhus was recorded on June 21. A total of 16 convicts and passengers died on board during the voyage and 3 more deaths were recorded immediately upon disembarkation.

Name Christian Name Reg No Term Age Trial Place Date Criminal Offence
Driscoll John 2468 7 yrs 30 Cork 19-12-1849 Sheep Stealing

Physical Description

Surname Christian Name Reg No Occupation M/S Child Height Hair Eyes Face Complexion Build Disting Marks
Driscoll John 2468 labourer S none 5' 7 3/4" black dark blue oval sallow stout Slightly freckled

Vimeira - arrived in WA in 1865

This 941 ton ship was built at Sunderland in 1851. It was employed as a convict transport for Western Australia and left Portland, England on September 30, 1865 bound for the Swan River Colony. She carried the thirty third of 37 shipments of male convicts destined for Western Australia. The voyage took 83 days and the Vimeira arrived in Fremantle on December 22, 1865 with 99 passengers and 279 convicts [Erickson]. Malcolm Green and William Crauford were the captain and surgeon respectively.

The only death recorded on the convict shipping and description lists was for Joseph Johnson (8612) and other sources say he died on the voyage out. There were 280 convict numbers assigned for the voyage ranging from (8476 to 8755). The [Bateson] account for this voyage disagreed with the other sources claiming that 281 convicts embarked and 278 arrived.

Of the 99 passengers mentioned above, 90 were pensioner guards and their families, the number being made up of 30 pensioner guards, 23 wives, 22 sons and 15 daughters. The other 9 passengers have not been accounted for but were possibly cabin passengers or regular soldiers.

Name Christian Name Reg No Term Age Trial Place Date Criminal Offence
Driscoll Dennis 8536 10 yrs 31 Central Criminal Court 19-09-1864 Robbery with violence

Physical Description

Surname Christian Name Reg No Occupation M/S Child Height Hair Eyes Face Complexion Build Disting Marks
Driscoll Dennis 8536 Sawyer S none 5' 8 1/2" Dark Brown Grey Long Fresh stout None

Corona - arrived in WA in 1866

This 1199 ton ship was built at Dundee in 1866. It was employed as a convict transport for Western Australia and left Portland, England on October 16, 1866 bound for the Swan River Colony. She carried the thirty fifth of 37 shipments of male convicts destined for Western Australia. The voyage took 67 days and the Corona arrived in Fremantle on December 22, 1866 with 79 passengers and 304 convicts [Erickson]. William S. Crudace and William Crauford were the captain and surgeon respectively.

The two deaths recorded on the convict shipping and description lists were for Thomas Hinson (9194) who other sources say died on the voyage out, and Charles Ward (9341) who died in the Convict Establishment Hospital soon after arrival. There were 306 convict numbers assigned for the voyage ranging from (9059 to 9364). No source seemed to entirely agree for this voyage and the [Bateson] account claimed that 310 convicts embarked and 305 arrived.

Of the 79 passengers mentioned above, 75 were pensioner guards and their families, the number being made up of 30 pensioner guards, 20 wives, 11 sons and 14 daughters. The other 4 passengers have not been accounted for but were possibly cabin passengers or regular soldiers.

Name Christian Name Reg No Term Age Trial Place Date Criminal Offence
Driscoll Patrick 9150 10 yrs 24 Central Criminal Court 08-05-1865 Robbery with violence

Physical Description

Surname Christian Name Reg No Occupation M/S Child Height Hair Eyes Face Complexion Build Disting Marks
Driscoll Patrick 9150 Labourer M Two 5' 4 1/4" Brown Grey Round Sallow stout Scar over left eye